Attending the National Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C. are, from left: Rose Reynolds, assistant director of Lyndon State College Upward Bound; Amy Broome, LSC Upward Bound alum; Sen. Bernie Sanders; Mary Jardine, LSC Upward Bound alum; and Krystilyn Atkinson, assistant director of Johnson State College Upward Bound.
Two Northeast Kingdom TRiO alums recently attended the 33rd annual National Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C. Mary Jardine and Amy Broome, both former Lyndon State College Upward Bound students represented Vermont at this year's event hosted by the Council for Opportunity in Education in support of the nation's TRiO programs.
The students met with Sen. Bernie Sanders and legislative aides from the offices of Sen. Patrick Leahy and Congressman Peter Welch, where they passionately spoke about how their participation in LSC Upward Bound impacted their college matriculation and completion. The alums traveled to D.C. with current Upward Bound program directors and while there also attended workshops and heard from inspiring speakers and champions of TRiO.
Amy Broome was an LSC Upward Bound program participant from 2005-2007. She graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy and attended Wheaton College where she graduated as a Phi Beta Kappa scholars with a degree in International Relations in 2011. Broome was named a Fulbright Scholar following her graduation and spent the year living in Muscat, Oman conducting linguistic and anthropological study. She has recently accepted a position working with the Cambridge Institute of International Education in Burlington, Mass. where she will work to support students pursuing extended exchange programs to the United States.
Broome writes, "TRiO's Upward Bound did not just encourage me to develop and pursue academic and civic passions, but also provided me with the tools and knowledge necessary to do so to the fullest extent." Broome is the daughter of Dwight and Sarah Broome of Concord.
Mary Jardine was a LSC Upward Bound student from 1999-2001 and attended Lyndon Institute. After high school Jardine completed a BS degree in Biology, and went on to achieve an MLS in Biomedical Science from Quinnipiac University. She currently is working as a laboratory manager at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, N.H. pursuing testicular cancer research.
Jardine says of her TRiO experience, "I know I may not have gotten here if it hadn't been for Upward Bound and I will be forever grateful for all of the support I have received from this amazing program." Mary Jardine is the wife of Glen Jardine and the daughter of Barbara Hever of Lyndonville.
The TRiO Programs (initially just three programs) are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as TRiO. TRiO students are first generation college bound and from modest income families and/or are students with disabilities. Vermont's TRiO programs are federally funded educational opportunity programs assisting nearly 12,000 middle school, high school and college bound adults throughout Vermont. Vermont's 14 Federal TRiO programs include Talent Search, Educational Opportunity Centers and GEAR UP, all hosted by VSAC, and the college based Student Support Services, and Upward Bound. Combined, these programs bring over 8.9 million dollars in federal funds to promote access to and success in higher education for Vermont students.
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